Chairperson: Dr. Murni Mahmud 

Email: hci.sig@hfem.org

The Human Computer Interaction Special Interest Group is for practitioners, academics and policy-makers who are interested in human factors, human-computer interaction and bridging the human-technology gap.

Objectives:

The main objectives of the Human Computer Interaction Special Interest Group are to:

  • promote HFE and methodologies in product and services development
  • promote and develop HCI research in areas of importance to Malaysian context
  • sharing best practices in HCI
  • provide a platform for networking with subject matter experts
  • develop a Human Computer Interaction information resource centre

Special Interest Group Committee

The SIG plans to gather 5 committee members that will drive the plan towards promoting Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) in product and services development, specifically in Human Computer Interaction, and working with other technical committees and institutions in the development of usable products and services.

HCI in Malaysia

The information below provides information on HCI in Malaysia, from Industry, Academia and Government.

Industry

Usability Labs: There are two usability labs in Malaysia, one in MIMOS Sdn Bhd and the other in Universiti Teknologi Mara (Shah Alam). MIMOS Berhad, a government-owned research and development entity under the purview of Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, and is currently active in promoting collaboration in research areas with different universities in Malaysia. For instance, MIMOS has developed a usability lab with eye-tracking equipment to measure eye movements in website and product design. 

Usability Companies:
Damai Sciences: A leading usability consulting company in Malaysia (http://www.damaisciences.com)

Academic

Many of the public and private universities in Malaysia offer Human Computer Interaction courses, as well as Usability studies in computer science, or HCI related courses in Malaysia such as Man Machine Interaction, User Interface Design, Interaction Design, Graphical User Interface, and Website Usability.  Majority of these courses are taught as advanced undergraduate courses.

Research in HCI in Malaysia is also quite diverse. Many of the academics earned their post-graduate degrees in HCI from universities in UK, US, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.  Among the areas include interface and interaction design for aging societies, rural communities, Muslim communities, cross-cultures, industry, social networking, education, augmented and virtual realities.

Government

Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) is a government agency that oversees the functions of administrative modernisation and human resource planning for the public sector.  The public sector plays a leading role in ICT adoption as it is the largest group of computer users (over a million employees) and thus is able to exert considerable influence of the usability awareness throughout the country through its policies and regulations.  MAMPU has enforced guidelines and standards to be implemented effectively which include ICT Security, ICT Perolehan (Requisition), Website/portal Guidelines, SMS guidelines and ICT Management guidelines. 

 

Information above are excerpts from Yeo, A.W., Chiu, P.C., Lim, T.Y., Tan, P.P., Lim, T. & Idyawati, H. (2011). Usability in Malaysia: Past, Present and Future.  In Douglas, I. and Liu, Z. (Eds.). Global Usability. Springer.

Join HFEM and HCI.SIG

If you are interested in joining an interdisciplinary, dynamic and growing special interest group in HCI, please email hci.sig@hfem.org.